Aldermen adopt resolution to ban single-use plastic bags

Milford’s Board of Aldermen adopted a resolution Monday night calling for a statewide ban of single-use plastic shopping bags.

“The critical need to better manage, reduce and optimistically to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags from the marketplace in Connecticut is a motivating issue for many of us,” said Alderman Bryan Anderson. “In ideal circumstances, a Milford ordinance affords us local control with enforcement. Many of us favor this approach. As a community, however, we are not yet there. The good news is that the Milford food industry is at the table, and has been an integral partner as members of the Milford Recycling Task Force.”

The resolution was co-sponsored by Aldermen Karen Fortunati, Jeremy Grant and Anderson.

The resolution states that the city “wishes to encourage its residents to discontinue use of single-use plastic bags, and that residents have supported other environmental efforts such as recycling. It also states that “strong evidence exists that certain products such as single-use plastic bags can cause harmful effects to land, air or marine animals, spoil fragile ecosystems, create hazards for the marine industry and burden city public works operations.”

Milford’s Recycling Task Force held a successful Milford event in October to reduce the use of single use plastic bags, in cooperation with ShopRite, Adams IGA, and Stop and Shop in Milford, the resolution states. The effort was designed “to demonstrate how reduction of hundreds of thousands of bags annually can be mutually beneficial to consumers and the food industry alike, among others,” the resolution states.

The resolution also notes that several municipalities have banned single-use plastic bags, including Norwalk, Stamford, Westport and Greenwich, with more pending, and several bills have been introduced in the Connecticut General Assembly to enact a statewide ban.

The resolution states that the city’s Board of Aldermen “indicates its strong support for the elimination of single-use plastic bags in an effort to preserve the beauty and safety of Milford's natural environment and urges the State of Connecticut to enact a statewide ban of single use plastic bags during the 2019 Connecticut General Assembly Session.”

A copy of the resolution will be forwarded to Milford's state delegation, members of the Connecticut General Assembly Environment Committee, legislative leaders, the governor and others.